Conflict of laws



6 Oct 2016

On Wednesday, a Senate committee took evidence in an inquiry investigating the issue of a direction from Attorney-General, George Brandis, to the solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson.

By the end of the day, the shadow attorney-general, Mark Dreyfus, was calling on Brandis to resign for misleading...

Blog post

13 Sep 2016

With the terms of Brexit pending, Lorna Woods, Professor of Media Law at the University of Essex, discusses the possible impact that Brexit will have on media regulation in the United Kingdom.

Woods claims that while the UK may gain some freedom of choice...


31 Mar 2014

Current turmoil in the Middle East is incubating a new generation of jihadists, and represents a serious threat to Australia’s security, argues this report.

Executive summary

The current turmoil in the Middle East is incubating a new generation of jihadists. Syria has...


27 Feb 2014

This report examines the latest draft law on special autonomy in Papua, the politics behind it and how it might feed into Indonesia's coming national elections.


The idea of a new law on enhanced special autonomy (otsus plus) for Papua is...


27 Feb 2014

Description: This discussion paper documents the socio-economic status of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and the extent of rebound in investment and access to services since the cessation of conflict there in 1997. Data on the level of income, the age profile of the...

Journal article

14 Mar 2013

With the internal disputes within the Yindjibarndi native title claim group in the Pilbara and the Goolarabooloo Jabirr Jabirr in the Kimberley – regarding, respectively, a proposed land access and mining agreement with the Fortescue Metals Group and the construction of an offshore gas processing...


25 Oct 2012

This paper argues that the India-China great power rivalry is shaping up to be the story of the first part of the twenty-first century.

Key points:

The fiftieth anniversary of the 1962 war comes at a time when India, now a rising...


3 Oct 2012

Jury directions are extremely complex and sometimes unintelligible, argues this report, which recommends ways to simplify and reform the jury direction process in Victoria.

This report considers in detail a number of areas of law which currently give rise to jury directions which are...


25 May 2012

Over the next 40 years, there is a high probability of a global food and water crisis. This will result from population pressures, an increasing shortage of fresh water and a decline in access to arable land. The result will be demand exceeding supply due...


14 Oct 2011

This final report is from a three-year research program that examined the dynamics of workforce development and explored the challenges in maintaining viable labour flows in the child care and meat processing industries.

The paper highlights the lack of receptiveness for workers in the...

Journal article

14 Feb 2011

Relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and medical schools have recently been increasingly drawn into the media spotlight because of their ability to create conflicts of interest. Much of this attention is due to evidence that industry relationships can influence the attitudes and behaviours of medical...


21 Oct 2010

Deficiencies in the recognition and management of conflict of interest in Victoria Police are identified in this OPI report.

This report uses case studies to assist police and the community to better understand how and when conflict of interest occurs for police and why...

Briefing paper

29 Sep 2010

Examining Timor-Leste's current tangle of land ownership claims, this briefing recommends that the government and its partners act now to supplement titling with clear public information.

Measures to resolve land disputes in Timor-Leste must go beyond a draft law on land titling if they...


27 Jan 2010

Overall, financial stress and conflict have independent effects on youths' transitions and youths' perspectives have different consequences to those of their mothers.

This paper analyzes the effect of mothers' and youths' reports of family financial stress and conflict on youths' transitions into adult roles....


5 May 2009

This paper presents a general model of the interaction between settlement and the emergence of de facto property rights on frontiers prior to governments establishing and enforcing de jure property rights.

Settlers have an incentive to establish de facto property rights to avoid the...


5 May 2008

The shared physical care of children following separation has long been a complex issue, and is again in the spotlight following the passing of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006. Of course, in general, children benefit from having both parents involved in...


9 Aug 2007

The security implications of climate change are attracting increased attention, and for good reason. Scientific evidence shows that the earth is warming due largely to human activities and at a potentially unprecedented rate. Long-term changes in climate already have occurred and are projected to continue,...


25 May 2007

Australian researcher Sam de Silva notes the recent arrests of two Melbourne men accused of being members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, Tamil Tigers). "The arrests, and the Australian government's strong statement condemning both the government and the LTTE bring the Sri...


15 Feb 2006

Garry Rodan and Kanishka Jayasuriya argue that governments in the region need to be identified not in terms of institutional attributes but in terms of the spaces of political participation they establish through which certain forms of conflicts are managed, ameliorated or contained.


6 Oct 2004

The end of the Cold War period represented a critical juncture in the global expansion of capitalism, freeing up resources for the US to lead and support an accelerated neo-liberal push. Economic regimes that stood in the way of neo-liberalism came under increased scrutiny, and...



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